Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

My savory gluten free Thanksgiving Stuffing with carrots, cranberries, apple and sage is always a hit. It’s so full of autumnal flavor and color that it’s hard to resist. This recipe for gluten free Thanksgiving Stuffing made with delicious homemade gluten free bread is so easy, but it looks truly gourmet with all these yummy ingredients.

You can use my gfJules™ Bread Mix, make one of my gluten free loaf bread recipes from scratch, or consider this an opportunity to get rid of that rock hard gluten free store-bought loaf in your freezer! Another option: make this with my gfJules Gluten Free Cornbread Mix, if you’re more of a cornbread stuffing kindof family.

There’s no wrong answer, as long as you start with the best ingredients! You can see from the pictures below that I’ve even used some of my homemade gluten free pumpernickel bread. See what I mean? Lots of options — none of them wrong!

gluten free stuffing with sage

I like using at least two different kinds of gluten free bread for contrast in the cubes. This stuffing is made with a gluten free pumpernickel bread and my gfJules Bread Mix.


Follow the directions below to dry out the bread cubes before proceeding with the stuffing recipe.

gluten free croutons

Use any kind of gluten free bread you prefer — even gluten free pumpernickel!


Modify any ingredients or herbs that don’t suit your tastes and make this recipe your own. I like adding apples and cranberries, nuts and lots of fresh herbs, but feel free to leave any of those mix-ins out if your crowd won’t like them or you don’t have those ingredients on hand.

Gluten free stuffing with spoon

Remember: it’s important that you stuff your bird with GLUTEN-FREE dressing! If the turkey is dressed with gluten-full stuffing instead, the turkey will have had contact with gluten and you should not eat the turkey or that dressing.

Check out this video showing how to make this gorgeous gluten free stuffing!


Luckily, this gluten free stuffing recipe is delicious enough that everyone at the table will love it in the bird or as a side dish. For more tips on how to have both a safe and tasty gluten free Thanksgiving, hop to my comprehensive post here.

Blessings to you and yours, as we give thanks for good gluten free stuffing, and so many other things this Thanksgiving!

Gluten Free Stuffing with carrots

See how to make this recipe in the video below




Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

gluten free stuffing with sage

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Savory Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing with carrots, sage, apples and cranberries has all the colors and flavors of fall in one iconic dish! | gfJules

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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 1/2 hours total
  • Total Time: ~3 hours total
  • Yield: serves 8-10


  • 6 cups gluten-free bread cubes
  • 2 cups chopped and peeled apples
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp. rubbed (fresh) sage
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 6 Tbs. butter or non-dairy alternative (e.g. Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)
  • 1 1/2 cups ± gluten-free vegetable broth (Imagine Foods® Organic Vegetable Broth, Massel 7 bouillon, Celifibr® Bouillon Cubes, and Savory Choice Concentrated Broths are currently gluten free)


Preheat oven to 225-250º F.

Cube bread spread in a single layer onto one or two cookie sheets. Bake until crunchy, stirring every half hour or so, for a total of 90 minutes (depending on how dry your bread was before you put it in the oven, you may need less time in the oven to dry the cubes, so keep checking periodically).

Remove the dry bread cubes from the oven and turn up the temperature to 375°F.

In a large skillet, melt 4 tablespoons butter, then add the carrots, celery and onion, cooking until tender (about 10 minutes).  Add the herbs, salt and pepper and stir, cooking for another 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.

Combine the dried bread cubes, chopped apple, nuts, berries and flaxseed in a very large bowl.  Stir in the carrot-onion mixture until well-mixed. Add cooking stock of choice to the large bowl and stir, adding more stock as necessary to make a moist stuffing. Spread mixture into a lightly oiled 3-quart baking dish. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and drizzle over the top of the stuffing.

Cover with foil and bake at 375º F for 25 minutes; remove the foil and bake an additional 15 minutes or until the top is golden-brown and the stuffing is not soggy.

Make ahead options:

Bake the bread cubes and wait for the cubes to cool before packing them in zip-top bags to keep the moisture out. Prepare the stuffing the next day.

Or assemble the stuffing the night before, cover and refrigerate: when ready to bake, place a rack in the middle of the oven and bake covered for 25 minutes at 375°F. Remove foil and bake for 15 more minutes or until top is lightly browned. If you are baking straight from the refrigerator, add 10 extra minutes to total baking time.


Delicious gluten free stuffing can be a year-round side dish; don’t save it for only special occasions!

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Savory Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing with carrots, sage, apples and cranberries has all the colors and flavors of fall in one iconic dish!

Savory Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing with carrots, sage, apples and cranberries has all the colors and flavors of fall in one iconic dish! | gfJules
Thanksgiving stuffing made with delicious homemade gluten free bread is so easy! Tailor the additions to your taste, and you'll have a new favorite recipe! #glutenfree #Thanksgiving #glutenfreestuffing

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49 thoughts on “Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

    • Hi Andryea – yes! You can absolutely make my cornbread mix then follow the directions to make the cubes and the rest of the stuffing recipe. Or you can make or buy gluten free bread and do the same thing. Just depends on whether you prefer cornbread stuffing or regular bread stuffing. ENJOY!

        • Hi Andryea, if you want to do the full 6 cups, you’ll likely need two containers of cornbread mix. You can also halve the recipe to use just one container, if that fits with your serving needs.

  1. No one could believe how great this stuffing was. They certainly didn’t know it was gluten free until we told them. You’ve done it again Jules. Thank you so much for all you do!